Friday Night Lights: Lyons at DG North

IlliniPlaybook recruiting analyst Ryan Easterling will be out on the town Friday night catching some high school football action. Here's a look ahead at the game.

Friday - LaGrange (IL) Lyons Township at Downers Grove (IL) North at 7 P.M.:

This matchup pits two teams who really know how to run the ball against each other. Offense isn't really an issue for Lyons. In three of their four games, they scored 35, 49, and 31, but only came away victorious in one of those three contests. On offense, junior running back Leonard Ross, who holds an Illinois offer and is receiving interest from several other BCS programs, is a big back for Lyons at 6'0" tall and 195 pounds.

Downers Grove North is also a strong running team, led by junior quarterback David Edwards, who is being recruited as both a quarterback and tight end by several BCS schools. Edwards, who leads the option rushing attack for the 2-2 Trojans, stands tall at 6'6" but has no problem hitting anyone that gets in his way. On defense, North seniors Richard Olekanma (Toledo commit) and Vontae Diggs (a former Toledo commit) will be tough to contend with in the run game for Lyons. If those two have solid games, the advantage will go to Downers Grove North.

Here's a brief look at some of the key players in this one:

Downers Grove North:

QB David Edwards - Jr.

Edwards is the central cog in the Downers North offense. At 6'6" and about 235 pounds, Edwards has exceptional athleticism at his size. If his line can open up some running lanes, he could have a big game.

LB/S - Vontae Diggs - Sr.

Diggs is a bit of a tweener at 6'3" and about 200 pounds, but his speed at the linebacker position makes him a guy to watch out for in game planning. Diggs has the ability to be disruptive, especially out in the flat.

LB - Richard Olekanma - Sr.

Olekanma is a more traditional type of linebacker. He complements Diggs well, which would have made a lot of sense at one point when both were committed to Toledo. Olekanma is still a Rockets commit, and the two are both successful at holding down the front seven for North.

Lyons Township

RB - Leonard Ross - Jr.

Ross is a power back by build, but also has good speed and vision. He's still developing the total skillset, but the outlook is bright for the junior back. A good year this year could propel him into the conversation of being one of the better backs in the state in the class of 2015.

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